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Definition of Cramp


  1. That which confines or contracts; a restraint; a shackle; a hindrance.
  2. A device, usually of iron bent at the ends, used to hold together blocks of stone, timbers, etc.; a cramp iron.
  3. A rectangular frame, with a tightening screw, used for compressing the joints of framework, etc.
  4. A piece of wood having a curve corresponding to that of the upper part of the instep, on which the upper leather of a boot is stretched to give it the requisite shape.
  5. A spasmodic and painful involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles, as of the leg.
  6. To compress; to restrain from free action; to confine and contract; to hinder.
  7. To fasten or hold with, or as with, a cramp.
  8. to bind together; to unite.
  9. To form on a cramp; as, to cramp boot legs.
  10. To afflict with cramp.
  11. Knotty; difficult.
  12. A paralysis of certain muscles due to excessive use; as, writer's cramp; milker's cramp, etc.

Cramp Quotations

I have a pathological terror of falling through ice. I nearly drowned once. I fell off a boat and got a cramp, and was rescued by an oil-rig diver, a great bear of a man who simply leant into the water and scooped me out with one finger.
Jeremy Clarkson

I burned out my drawing hand by using it too much. The common word for it is writer's cramp. The fancy words for it are focal dystonia. The symptom in my case was a pinky finger that went spastic when I tried to draw.
Scott Adams

Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister, cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her.
John Millington Synge

The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least.
Sophie Swetchine

No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will cramp his style.
Steven Brust
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Cramp Translations

cramp in French is crampe
cramp in German is Krampf, einklammern
cramp in Italian is spasma
cramp in Norwegian is krampe
cramp in Spanish is calambre
cramp in Swedish is kramp
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